We have this incredible ability to justify why we can’t do something – especially to ourselves. We can convince ourselves of almost anything; we’re just being realistic, responsible, and smart. It’s probably for the best; we didn’t really want it anyway, and it’s amazing how these rationalisations invade our thoughts and hold us back. So when you find yourself making excuses not to look after yourself and live a healthy life, how do you find the motivation to succeed. In this blog we look at the common excuses we tell ourselves and how you can take steps to overcome them!
Excuse #1: “I Don’t Have Time”
You’ll never find the time, so you must CREATE the time. We all have hectic lives and busy schedules, but you only have one body and you need to look after it. Wake up earlier or ask yourself if there is anything you can give up, how much television do you watch?. If you have time for a 30-minute show, you have time for 30 minutes of exercise. If you don’t want to give up the TV, exercise at the same time as watching it!
If you don’t have 30 minutes available, fit 10 minutes of physical activity whenever and where you can. Keep in mind that there will be days where you won’t be able to fit in the 10 minutes, due to other commitments but don’t use it as an excuse to stop exercising. Just plan it in and make sure to find time the next day to get moving again.
Excuse #2: “Exercise Is Boring”
One excuse I hear time and time again that exercise is boring! Pick something you enjoy, after all, the exercise that burns the most calories is the one you actually do! Slaving away at the gym if you hate it will never motivate you to exercise, likewise if you love running go for it! Do what you enjoy doing: try a dance class, go for a bike ride, walk with a friend or dust off that fitness DVD. If you like it, you’ll keep doing it!
Excuse #3: “I Can’t Afford To Eat Healthily”
You don’t have to spend money on lots of strange and expensive ingredients to eat healthily. Concentrate on the basics, pick up your fruit and vegetables at local markets, do the bulk of your shopping at discount shops such as Aldi or Lidl. Quality meat can easily be picked up at butchers for the same price as supermarkets. Plan your meals ahead of time to minimise waste and make the most of leftovers. Being on a budget does not have to be an excuse not to eat well!
Excuse #4: “I’m too tired” or “It’s too much effort”
Of course you are tired, who isn’t? Believe it or not, exercise actually boosts your energy levels. So you will be able to accomplish more during your day and not feel as exhausted if you make time to exercise.
Also take the time to look at your diet, when we feel overly tired after eating, it can be related to consuming processed foods that contain high levels of sugar and refined carbohydrates. The food you eat fuels your body, fill it with the right food and you’ll be energised all day.
Excuse #5: “I never see any results”
Consistency is the key to success, it’s what you do every day that counts not now and then.
You may find that you don’t see results because 1. you are not exercising regularly 2. you snack too often 3. you are expecting results too soon. You don’t put on 10 pounds in a week, so you can’t expect to lose 10 pounds in a week. Watch your “mindless” calorie intake. Are you snacking in between meals? Are you drinking alcohol often? All of these things add up.
Be patient and wait for 3 months to judge your results. If you are still not seeing results after 3 months, you should consider trying something new.
Trying not to hide behind your excuses is easier said than done but concentrate on doing one thing each day to move you closer to your goal.